Unit 12: Ecosystems Copy the vocabulary words and definitions to page 41
Ecosystem A system consisting of all of the interactions that occur between the abiotic (non-living) and biotic (living) factors within an environment.
Biotic All of the living factors within an environment
Abiotic All of the non-living factors within an environment (soil, temperature, rocks, weather)
Organism An individual form of life that is capable of growing, metabolizing nutrients, and usually reproducing.
Population A group of organisms of the same species located within the same geographical location
Community All of the populations of different species in a particular area
Environment All of the abiotic and biotic factors within the same geographic location
Habitat The place where an organism naturally lives and grows
Species A group of organisms that look like each other and are able to breed among themselves